2009-06-19 / Community

Two Rockaway Volunteer Groups Are Awarded

Resident volunteers from Queens attend the annual Neighborhood Awards reception hosted by Citizens Committee for New York City. Twenty-two resident-led groups in Queens received the "New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards." Resident volunteers from Queens attend the annual Neighborhood Awards reception hosted by Citizens Committee for New York City. Twenty-two resident-led groups in Queens received the "New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards." Councilman John C. Liu and Citizens Committee for New York City acknowledged ten resident-led volunteer groups, that received the first Osborn Elliott Building Blocks Awards, and another 134 neighborhood groups that received the New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards in Fall 2008 and Spring 2009.

More than 160 New York City resident volunteers attended the Neighborhood Awards Reception at the Municipal Arts Society to celebrate their accomplishments and share their community improvement ideas - from building a rainwater harvesting system in Flatbush to organizing an intergenerational listening project among youths and seniors in Harlem.

"Residents who volunteer to improve their own neighborhoods are the DNA of New York City's civic infrastructure," said Councilman John C. Liu. "Residents who live and invest in their own communities can also come up with local solutions to their neighborhood problems - with modest support from elected officials and organizations like Citizens Committee for New York City."

"In the past 30 years, hundreds of resident-led groups have reached out to us to help them help themselves and their neighborhoods," said Peter H. Kostmayer, president of Citizens Committee for New York City. "Often, we are the only organization to take a chance on volunteer groups that have nothing to show but their enthusiasm and willingness to make a difference. Our bet usually pays off - because not only do we end up with a great project that improved the neighborhood but also a great community of residents who want to tackle larger quality-oflife issues."

Ten outstanding neighborhood groups were the first recipients of the annual Osborn Elliott Building Blocks Awards. These resident-led groups were selected based on their project ideas, their collective energy and talent in launching their local improvement projects and their impact in lowincome neighborhoods of New York City. The ten recipients are:

1560 Grand Concourse Tenants Association, the Bronx; Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Block Association, Brooklyn; Concrete Safaris, East Harlem; Culinary Kids Day Camp, Far Rockaway, Queens; Harding Park Homeowners Association, Soundview, the Bronx; Hillside Garden Coalition, St. George, Staten Island; Linden- Bushwick Block Association, Bushwick, Brooklyn; Queens Coalition for Parks & Green Spaces; Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Queens; Trees Not Trash, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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